Remote access to another computer on your network has been around for quite a while now. The internet repository is flooded with various tools that make it easier to connect to another computer on your LAN. While remote access on the same network sounds easy as a pie, it can be a hassle to connect with a computer that is located on a different network (e.g. an office computer). In such a case it can be quite complicated to create a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for remote connectivity. Comodo Unite
is an application for creating your very own VPN, to connect and share files between two geographically distant computers. With the help of Comodo Unite, you can easily access one PC from another, as if it was located on the same local network. It works even from networks that are protected with a firewall and comes with an integrated secure messaging service, which uses 128-bit encryption to secure private communications.
iCloud is a feature in iOS which Apple is really proud of, as is evident from the recent iPhone and iPad ads. Despite being such a useful service, iCloud has its drawbacks as well. There have been many horror stories of people unintentionally sharing personal photos over the cloud, which were meant to be kept private for good. This is for the sole reason that once you have Photo Stream turned on, every photo you snap using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be automatically shared across all the devices where your iCloud account is set up. If you fall victim to such a scenario, there is no way of deleting individual photos in Photo Stream, and you will have to remove the whole collection to get rid of one photo. However, with the latest version of iOS in its second beta testing phase, things are looking positive, as now individual photos can be deleted in iOS 5.1 beta 2. Having said that, this does not mean that there is some plain Delete button in clear view in the Photo Stream, you still need to know exactly what you are doing in order to get rid of photos.
A good countdown timer allows you to keep an eye on the time left until the deadline is reached. If you are working on a project, it is very important that you keep good track of the passing time if you want to complete it before the submission date/ time arrives. We have previously covered timers including Free Countdown Timer, a lightweight reminder
that reminds you about important tasks, and WatchMe that lets you create multiple timers
, add description, choose custom sounds and select applications to run upon countdown completion,h however, you have to let the application keep running in the background at all times in order to keep the timer running. Today we have another countdown timer for you called yTimer2
. It is an application for Windows that allows you to set up multiple countdown timers, receive audio and text notification alerts, and open files when the counter reaches zero. Unlike WatchMe, if you close yTimer2 when there are active timers in it, restarting the application will automatically load the timers with the correct remaining time. Time can be specified in days, hours, minutes and seconds.
If you are a photography enthusiast who loves to look at rare scenes captured from the four corners of the world, then you should try ISO500 for 500px
for iOS. An app that lets you view countless photos uploaded by professional and novice photographers from all over the globe. ISO500 for 500px is a third-party client of the popular image hosting website 500px.com, which allows you to view photographs under various categories through a unique turn-wheel feature that is reminiscent of the dials found on old cameras. To find out more about this app, keep reading after the break.
X Neural Switcher (Xneur )
is a Linux application for automatically switching the keyboard layout, based on typed text. For example, if you type something in the wrong language, Xneur automatically switches to the specific language. The functionality is similar to Ochepyatka
, a Windows application we covered earlier. X Neural Switcher works in two modes, i.e. automatic and manual. When an operating is running in the automatic mode, it auto-detects the layout of the input text and changes the language for you. Likewise, the manual mode allows you to automatically switch the layout of the last word you typed (using the Pause / Break hotkey), the last typed line (using the Ctrl + Break hotkey), the selected text (using Shift + Break), and other handy features. It is worth mentioning here that the aforementioned key combination only works with the automatic mode.
The integration for Twitter in iOS 5 is truly amazing. Most of the stock iOS apps now have options to allow users to tweet from right within the app. Also, you can use gestures to start composing tweets on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, but it is always possible to make things a little bit more easy. That’s what Twicon
is all about. While all the apps now boast of having Twitter integration, you still have to launch the Twitter app if you want to tweet something. This simplistic Cydia tweak does nothing except adding a standalone icon to your iDevice Springboard, which will launch the native iOS 5 tweet composition screen.
QR code generator and reader apps have become commonplace these days. Online Shopping Giant eBay Inc. has added its own QR/Barcode reader app to this genre. The app is called Red Laser
and it allows you to read the product barcode of any item to view the lowest online and local prices available for it. With Red Laser, you can instantly search the best prices available without the fear of emptying your pockets for something you had set your heart on! What sets Red Laser apart from a regular Barcode/QR code Reader is its ability to search products online, make lists of shopping items, pin a shopping item as a Live Tile, generate QR codes from Plain Text,
(s) list or a URL,
and much more. Details after the break.
There are countless tweaks available at the Cydia store for jailbroken iOS devices. Some are really useful, while others are there to just make up the numbers. FBspot
is a tweak which falls somewhere in between the two categories. The functionality it offers is, admittedly, pretty minor, but many iPhone users who like Facebook might find the tweak really useful. Fbspot lets you type commands in the Spotlight search area of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and those commands will take you straight to the desired area of your Facebook account. Confused? Read on for details.
The "who copied?" is a debate which never seems to end in the world of smartphone platforms. While people have accused Android’s latest version, ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), to be a mixture of features from iOS and even Windows Phone 7, there are some things which iPhone has borrowed from Android as well. One such feature, introduced in iOS 5, is autocorrect bar in the keyboard. If you are on iOS 5, then you must be wondering why haven’t you got any such bar in your phone. That’s because despite the feature’s presence, it is disabled by default, and there is no easy way to enable it. If your device is not jailbroken, you can enable the autocorrect bar using our guide to enable autocorrect keyboard
. However, for all users with access to Cydia, Autocorrection Bar
is a simple and free
tweak to get this feature with complete ease.
With more than 23 million registered subscribers from all across the globe, YouSendIt
is easily one of the most extensively used online file syncing and sharing web services. Apart from updating its existing desktop and iOS clients just recently, YouSendIt also introduced brand new clients for Mac and Android to ensure that users of almost all renowned operating systems can avail the quality cloud computing features that it has to offer. Like its other variants, the official YouSendIt client for Android is also meant to provide you with instant and secure access to all the data stored on your cloud. Using the app, you can manage your files and folders, open, modify and add signatures to your digital documents, capture and upload photos/videos and share folders with your mail recipients (with user-defined access privileges for each). That’s not all; you can secure the app itself using a a 4-digit PIN.
Quite a lot of Galaxy Nexus owners have complained about the inability of the Ice Cream Sandwich to allow removal of the Google Search bar on the device. For some, search bars are not really appealing at all, so when the find themselves restricted from doing so, they turn to Android developers. XDA-Developer forum member djmcnz
has released a mod that now let’s you remove that search bar giving you a 4x5 grid, rather than the 4x4 originally. How does this work and what else does it offer? Read on after the break.
While the likes of the Galaxy S II devices are yet to receive a working and stable Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, be it official, or be it custom, the Samsung Vibrant seems to be fairing real well to its successors right now. ICS Passion
ROM is developed by XDA-Developers forum member neobuddy89
and is simply one sweet and stable ROM brining the goodness of the Ice Cream Sandwich to your Vibrant without the instability issues that plague most ROMs build for the newer generation of the Samsung Android devices. We take a look at what this ROM is all about and how you can get it up and running on your device, after the break.
We’ve covered multiple image format converters for both Mac and Windows, and several web apps that allow you to edit images, but few that allow you to add watermarks to them, and that, too, in batches. Simple Image Editing Tool
is an open source, Java-based Mac app that converts images to two formats, i.e., PNG and JPG, compress images in JPG, and adds a custom text watermark to images. Image conversion and compression aside, the watermark feature is no doubt of interest to anyone wanting to protect images from copyright infringement, or even for freelance designers who want to share design mock-ups with clients who seem unlikely to pay for work.
The Samsung Galaxy S II gets ICS! Earlier when the source code for ICS was released, Galaxy S II owners went crazy with the news of ICS AOSP ROMs being talked about on the internet and more so, they were installable. The builds at that time, were far from stable, with not just graphical glitches but major hangups. Today, Sammobile released what is an ICS based XXKP1 firmware (Android 4.0.1), with a build date of 7th December 2011. Is this the real deal? Sad answer being, no it isn’t. So what is it then? We find out after the break. Read More
Almost all of us change our contact info at some point in time. Notifying every one of your contacts about changes to your primary phone number or email, or keeping track of all the changes your friends have made to theirs is quite a hassle. IntouchID
is an iOS app that helps you out in this regard by automating the entire process. If you are linked with one of your contacts through the app's cloud service, all the changes they make to their contact info will automatically be reflected in your device’s address book and vice versa.
Photo sharing has pretty much become a common internet phenomenon. From Flickr to Imgur, Twitpic to 9gag and Imageshack to Tinypic, you will find countless photos being shared by people around the world, in every passing minute. Perhaps that's the reason social network giant Facebook adapted it as a mainstay feature. However, sharing photos is cumbersome task and one has to go through the hassle of sign ups and other procedures to get the job done. Minus changed all, and we here at Addictive Tips, have been closely following the progress of Minus since it first came out just as a web service. We have seen it start as a web-service
, which grows towards desktop and android app
, and then integrate into Windows ‘Send To’ Menu
, and finally get Browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox
. That's some serious milestone it has successfully achieved. Should you unaware of the service, Minus is a file sharing web service that makes photo sharing just a matter of dragging images over your browser. Minus keeps on getting updates from time to time and it has received another one, including new features such as Explore
to see what others are sharing, Galleries
that allow you to play all video and audio file types and add tags & comments to images, and Dashboard
has been revamped to become Home
for all your uploading and following activities.
If you ever wanted to tweak or create your Linux distribution, and do not have the required know how, then you definitely need to check out SUSE Studio
. It is a web service that allows creating your custom Linux distribution by following some easy steps. Using this web service, you can create and download your very own Linux operating system with customized applications and features.
A few months back, we reviewed CCEnhancer
, which is a tool that adds support for additional programs in CCleaner. Previously, CCEnhancer had the ability to add support for 270 (additional) applications for CCleaner, however, it was recently updated with support for up to 500 applications. The extra applications and files that can be removed by updating CCleaner via CCEnhancer include, MS Office saved CEIP data, MS Office Temp and unsaved files, Sun Java files, Google crash reports, additional junk files for widely used applications like Windows Live Messenger, uTorrent, Skype and more.
The HP TouchPad just received it’s first MIUI ROM, officially supported by MIUI.US. The impressive tablet has gone on sale for as low as $99 since HP decided to drop the entire WebOS platform. But where HP left of, Android was quick to the rescue, reviving the tablet with it’s first Android ROM in the form of the much popular CyanogenMod 7 ROM. Surely that was just the beginning, and well, at least we hoped so. This release of the MIUI ROM has rekindled our faith in the TouchPad, but enough about hopes and faith, we have MIUI running on the Touchpad! The ROM is still a work in progress with quiet a few things missing, but with the MIUI.US developers working on it, all issues will soon be ironed out in no time. For more on the ROM and how you can get it up and running on your device, read on. Read More
Google has released the stable version of Chrome 16, with support for multi-user profiles. No one really wants to share their bookmarks, apps and extensions with others, and with the new multiuser feature of Chrome, you can keep your data separate from others. This new feature lets you have your own personal Chrome experience, and lets you sign in to Chrome to sync your stuff. Multiuser support allows different people to share the same computer and access their own Bookmarks, History, Apps, Themes & Preferences. This new feature will be of great help specially for households, where everyone uses the same PC and browser.